Holidays: UK in talks with Maldives to ease travel restrictions in hope for winter breaks

The Maldives is a popular holiday option in South Asia that is known for its stunning white, sandy beaches and clear oceans. The country is the perfect beach destination that’s popular with honeymoons, weddings and bucket list holidays. Despite its beauty, and fairly low coronavirus case rate, the country has remained effectively off limits to Britons.

Anyone returning from Malta to the UK currently has to face 14 days in quarantine.

However, it has now been revealed that there are ongoing talks between the UK and the Maldives to try and lift the stringent travel restrictions.

Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) Mohamed Thoyyib said there are ongoing talks taking place between the UK and the Maldives.

He said: “The UK is one of our most important markets so, with the Maldives High Commission in the United Kingdom and the Maldives Ministry of Tourism, discussions are underway to ease the travel restrictions for travellers from the UK.

“Along with the Maldives’ one-island-one-resort concept and abundant choice of private villa facilities, the geography of the country means the Maldives is the ideal destination for guests who are keen to avoid crowds during their holiday this year.

“In line with the comprehensive COVID-19 safe tourism guidelines and hygiene certification programme issued by the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism in June 2020, all 166 resorts situated in the island nation will be required to take protective measures, ensuring the safety of tourists and also staff working in the industry.”

If the talks are successful, it would mean that the country could be added to the UK’s travel corridor list.

This would allow Britons to visit the country and not face 14 days in quarantine on their return.

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Return flights to the Maldives from London in September are around £500.

Package deals, including flights and bed and breakfast for two people in September, are around £1000.

The Maldives has only recorded 7,469 cases of coronavirus, at the time of writing.

They have only recorded 28 deaths.

Their rates remain relatively low, compared to other countries, but recently the country has experienced a sudden spike.

This week, the Maldives has recorded more than 100 cases each day.

At the beginning of the month, the islands recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases confirmed per capita in the entire world.

The Maldives has screening procedures in place on arrival into the country.

There are quarantine facilities in place to isolate anyone with a suspected case of coronavirus.

Residents and returning students are required to isolate for 14 days.

All cruise ships have been banned from entering and docking in the Maldives.

Tour operators can provide further information.

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